Date: 2011-02-14 23:42:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: 7 yr Old Ferret with Insulinoma - Not eating
Wonderful overview of things to think about before considering elective surgery (as opposed to emergency surgery) in a senior ferret.
The one, very important thing I would add is the level of skill and experience of the veterinary surgeon.
I personally would hesitate to take a 'senior' ferret into surgery unless the veterinary surgeon was outstanding and had years of experience in doing surgical procedures on ferrets.
On the other hand, I would feel comfortable putting a younger ferret, with less likelihood of complications, into the hands of a skilled and ferret knowledgeable, albeit less seasoned surgeon.
I do acknowledge that the best way for a veterinarian to become a skilled surgeon is to have practical experience but for my seniors - I prefer someone who already has that critical hands-on experience.
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